SCBWI and PJ Library Team Up for Jewish Stories Award

The following comes from the SCBWI website:

SCBWI PJ Library Jewish Stories Award

SCBWI in partnership with PJ Library has established the Jewish Stories Award to encourage the creation of more high quality Jewish children’s literature. PJ Library®, a program of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation, sends the gift of free Jewish children’s books to more than 170,000 North American participants each month.

Deadline: Submissions will be accepted from September 1st 2017 through October 31st 2017 only.

Award: $2,500 will be awarded to the author of the manuscript deemed most promising for publication and for distribution by PJ Library. PJ Library will make every effort to partner with a publisher to have the manuscript published and to carry the book in the PJ Library program. The award is separate from and in addition to any monies received by the author from a publisher. The author will also receive tuition to the SCBWI Winter Conference in New York, as well as a transportation and accommodations stipend of up to $500.

Eligibility: The manuscript must be an original work of fiction or nonfiction written in English and geared toward children between the ages of 6 months and 8 years. Whether the manuscript exemplifies a Jewish value, takes place during a Jewish holiday, or addresses Jewish history, it must contain Jewish content. Reference books, books about the Holocaust, and books about the death of a close family member will not be considered. Text only and text with illustrations submissions are welcome. Text with illustrations submissions should include one finished piece of art and 2-3 sketches. The author must be a member of SCBWI, and may submit more than one manuscript for consideration, however manuscripts under contract will not be accepted.

Guidelines: All submissions will be accepted only via email at as PDF or Word documents with the subject line “SCBWI PJ Library Jewish Stories Award Submission” and with complete contact information (name, address, email address, and telephone number) in the body of the email. The PJ Library Book Selection Committee will determine the finalists and a three-member panel of judges comprised of a representative from PJ Library, a librarian or other leader in the children’s book field, and an author, will make the final selection. The winner will be announced at the 2018 SCBWI Winter Conference in New York.

Book ideas for PJ Library for ages 6 months through 3 years

Book ideas for PJ LIbrary for ages 4 through 8


About Barbara Krasner

History writer and award-winning author Barbara Krasner writes Jewish-themed poetry, articles, nonfiction books, and novels for children and adults.
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8 Responses to SCBWI and PJ Library Team Up for Jewish Stories Award

  1. sucomn says:

    Susan Comninos Freelance Journalist 93E Kennsington Court Guilderland, NY 12084 Cel: 516/850-6458 E-mail:

    For you?


  2. Meryl says:

    Wow, thanks for posting this, Barbara!

    • I just found out about this early this morning from a writer friend, Barbara Walsh.

      • Meryl says:

        I see it’s in my SCBWI May “Insight” email that came this morning! But I probably wouldn’t have even looked at it for a while if TWM hadn’t publicized it – so thanks again!

  3. FaygieHolt says:

    Thanks Barbara for posting this. I’m a member of SCBWI and hadn’t even heard about this! I think it’s fantastic.

  4. sheilaklewis says:

    Thank you Barbara, this is very helpful!

  5. Michal Malen says:

    This is really great, Barbara. Jewish children’s literature is alive and kicking and we need to ensure that it stays that way for generations to come!

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